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Horry council to vote on tax increase Tuesday night

Community activists are crediting their trust in Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes for hearing mostly support for the 7.2 mills the county council will consider adding to the current tax rate.
Community activists are crediting their trust in Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes for hearing mostly support for the 7.2 mills the county council will consider adding to the current tax rate. MyrtleBeachOnline.com File Photo

Horry County Council will consider a property tax and vehicle fee increase at its meeting Tuesday night, but not before the public is invited to share their opinions.

Council will vote on whether to raise property taxes by 7.2 mills, which equals $13.5 million, next fiscal year, to help prevent the county from reaching into its reserves for $8 million to balance the 2016 budget. That budget year starts July 1. The additional funds would also generate money for public safety projects like adding two court security officers, four violent crime detectives, three gang unit detectives; purchasing body cameras; and providing police with digital storage for the cameras.

The increase would also provide two prosecutors for the solicitor’s office, 3 percent pay increases for county employees and 5 percent for Class 1 police officers, new stretchers for the ambulance service, a needed police radar, and help to address call volume issues that the emergency management system has been experiencing.

Council will also vote on increasing the vehicle registraion fee from $30 annually to $50.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Ave., Conway.

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